The Senior Program
Each psychology major completes a research project that culminates in a written thesis and an oral presentation. Working closely with a faculty advisor, the student uses the senior project to synthesize and focus previous coursework. Each project is an original work of scholarship that provides an in-depth examination of a particular empirical or theoretical issue.
Recent projects in psychology include:
- Does Defensive Self-Esteem Predict Aggressive Behavior Following an Ego Threat?
- Stopping the Clock: Does Time Moderate the Effect of Personality on Athletic Performance?
- Walking in Nature in Fall and Winter: Effects on Mood and Creative Thinking
- Is a Meaningful Life a Happy Life?
- Using Spatial Distancing to Enhance Creativity and Analytical Ability in Preschool-Age Children
- Shadow of the Colossus: Differing Perceptions of Threat From a Growing Population
- Coping with Anxiety Through Creative Writing
- Does Believing Intelligence is Fixed Increase Self-Handicapping in Those with Academic-Contingent Self-Esteem?
- The Fluidity of the Social Self: Exploring Interdependency and an Interactionist Self-Concept
- Forgetting for the Future: Adolescent Marijuana Use and Prospective Memory
- In vs. Out: How Concealment and Minority Stress Predict Mental Health for LGB Individuals
- A Proposed Self-Compassion Intervention to Reduce Female Athletes’ Negative Experiences with Sports Collaborative Inhibition in Autobiographical Memory
- The Effects of Positive and Negative Humor on Coping
- Making Meaning out of Madness: Processing the 2016 Presidential Election
- Gendered Zero-Sum Beliefs in the Workplace
- Suicide Prevention Training: Improving Peer Support Skills
- Relationship Between Love Languages, Attachment Styles, and Sex
- Friendship Signals in Same-Sex Friendships
- Involuntary Autobiographical Memories in Art and Literature
Internalizing Symptoms in Children with Chronic Illness: Self-Esteem as a Mediator
- Designing Recruitment Messages to Boost Volunteering in Hamilton Students
Dangerous Minds: Race, Gender, and Crime Affect Perceptions of Mental Illness
“I Don’t See Color”: An Examination of Racial Discrepancies in Detection of Eating Disorder Symptomology
Self-distancing and Secondary Emotions
Virtual Reality in the Field of Psychology
The Impact of Domain-Specific Character Competency on the Benefits of Role-Play in Children
Self-Disclosure and Friendship Quality in People with Defensive Self-Esteem